Introduction to Canoeing

Canoe and kayak flatwater racing is very similar to rowing, in that competitors race across expanses of calm water, rather than slalom down white water rapids. But, it requires a very specialised technique that calls on strength, speed, stamina and co-ordination in equal measure. There are subtle differences in the construction of close-topped canoes and open-topped kayaks, as well as the technique used to propel them along the water, leading the two different categories. For contact details of Irish Canoe Union please click on Full story

Jegou in Slalom World Semi-Finals

Congratulations to Ireland’s Liam Jegou has qualified for the semi finals of the Slalom World Championships in Lee Valley, London and puts himself in contention to qualify for Rio 2016. 19 year old Jegou ,an OCI scholarship athlete showed great maturity to complete his second run in 90.83 secs and took ninth of the 10 […]

Irvine wins first medal for Ireland

Congratulations to Brendan Irvine who Salman Alizada (Azerbaijan) to guarantee Team Ireland’s first  medal at the European Games. He will now meet Zamotayev of the Ukraine for a place n the final of the Men’s Light Fly. “It was a proper battle,” said Irvine, “and I knew it was going to be. He was the […]

Superb performance by Egan

Jenny Egan put in a superb performance this afternoon in the women’s Kayak Single (K1) 5000m Final in Mingachevir. Maryna Litvinchuk led from the front and was a deserved winner. However the scrap for Silver and Bronze medals was between Lana Belcher (GB) and Ranata Csay (Hungary) and Jenny Egan. Egan eventually lost out by […]

Solid Start for Canoe Sprint

Team Ireland canoeists had a solid start in their non preferred events today. Following on from her brother Peter (and Simas Dobrovolsksi semi final qualification Jenny Egan finished 7th in the K1 500m semi final and qualifies for the B Final. David Pringle said “Jenny set a new PB and National record in K1 500m […]

Egan and Dobrovolskis in K2 1000m semi

Peter Egan and Simas Dobrovolskis qualified for the semi final of the K2 1000m  after they finished 7th in their heat this morning at Mingachevir . Team Manager Dave Pringle  said “the k2 1000m is not their preferred distance so they are happy with the result”

Team Ireland Canoeing

Team Ireland Canoeing have just left the main athlete village in Baku for their competition athlete village. Mingachevir will host the Canoe Sprint competition during the Baku 2015 Games. The fourth biggest city in Azerbaijan, Mingachevir is famous for its water reservoirs and known as the City of Lights. Over three exciting days of competition, […]

Mehaffey and Hendrick Excel

Top Irish golf prospect Olivia Mehaffey and World Youth Olympic canoe Medallist Robert Hendrick inspired by their experiences at the Nanjing  Youth Olympics in 2014  have made significant progress in recent weeks. Mehaffey defied harsh conditions at one of golf’s toughest courses, Royal Troon, and collected the most prestigious prize yet in her career, the Helen Holm Trophy. Mehaffey, […]

Canoe Slalom Venue Rio 2016

The canoe slalom venue for the Rio 2016 Olympic  Games will be “absolutely wonderful” according to the International Canoe Federation (ICF). The Whitewater Stadium course in Deodoro is one of the most complex new builds in the Rio 2016 project, but the International Federation praised the progress being made and said work was “on schedule”. Jean […]

Rio Scholarships Announced

The Olympic Council of Ireland, in association with the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity programme, has announced scholarship support worth over €100,000 to help selected Irish athletes prepare for the Rio Olympic Games. Eight athletes in seven sports will benefit from the scholarship scheme, which will give the nominated athletes a monthly grant towards vital training and […]

Silver Medal for Robert Hendrick

Robert Hendrick just missed out on Gold this morning in the C1 men’s Canoe final, but can be very proud of a hard fought silver medal. Only 0.08 secs separated the pair. After winning his semi-final comfortably, Hendrick was up against the much-fancied French paddler Lucas Roisin. Watch the final races her Hendrick is a […]
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